Wednesday, 24 July 2013
StudioCanal find long lost 102 Minute 'Wicker Man' print
It has been announced in the last few days, that after a worldwide appeal to retrieve missing film material for the cult horror classic The Wicker Man, that the search has astonishingly turned up an original 1973, 102 minute print of the film! That's 2 minutes longer than the 2001 100 minute (Directors Cut).
The films Director Robin Hardy had this to say :-
“StudioCanal contacted me last year in their search for the original materials that have been missing. I’m very pleased to announce that StudioCanal have been able to find an actual print of The Wicker Man, which is based on my original cut working with Abraxas, the American distributors, all those years ago. They plan, and this is the exciting bit, to actually release it. This version has never been restored before, has never been shown in UK theatres before, has never been converted to Blu-ray before. This version will - optimistically - be known as the Final Cut.”
The Wicker Man: The Final Cut will be released in cinemas on September 27 and on DVD and Blu-ray October 14 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the film.
"I still believe it exists somewhere, in cans, with no name. I still believe that. But nobody's ever seen it since, so we couldn't re-cut it, re-edit it, which was what I wanted to do. It would have been ten times as good." - Christopher Lee (June 2007)
The Wicker Man (1973): Wiki